The Year 1 staff are really looking forward to working with the new parents and children this year. So far we have had an excellent start back and are really looking forward to the exciting learning that will be taking place!
The Year 1 classes are named after flowers.
The Year 1 teachers are:
Mr. Chapman- Bluebell Class
Ms. Children- Rose Class
Ms. Cade- Poppy Class
Ms. Kakoulli- Daisy Class
Ms. Rawlinson is our Phase Leader
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Year 1 had great fun watching a performance of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
It helped us to gain a better understanding of traditional tales and the types of characters and events that feature in these stories. We demonstrated our acting skills by pretending to be different characters from some of the tales that we looked at.
This half-term our topic is Traditional Tales. We will be reading and looking at a range of traditional tales. Some include, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
If you have any tales from your cultures and countries please do share them with us.
We will be making puppets in D&T based on some of the characters we come across in the tales that we read.
We also have the Hobgoblin Theatre Company coming into school on Monday 2nd March 2020. The theatre will be performing Goldilocks to the children and leading a workshop related to the traditional tales we will have been learning about over the half-term.
You can help your child at home by reading traditional stories with them and encouraging them to talk about what they have read. Also, axploration of characters’ feelings helps children to think more deeply about the characters that they write about, so can really help them with their writing as well as their reading comprehension.
Remember to keep practising your phonic sounds at home.
The Year 1 Team
This half term in year 1 we will be continuing to build on the hard work from last half term. We will work on using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in our writing. We ask that you continue to read everyday at home as well as practise phonics and High Frequency Words.
During this half term we will be reading The Ugly Five as well other enjoyable stories. We will be basing our writing around the texts that we read in order to form short narratives. Also, we will be having a visit from Zoolab on Wednesday 6th November. We will be writing personal recounts about the visit. We are excited to see what animals we might meet!
In maths we are learning to add and subtract. We will be using concrete and pictorial methods to help us solve maths problems. Counting to and recognising our numbers to 20 is something we ask you practise at home.
Year 1 really enjoyed their visit from Katie at Zoolab. It was an amazing experience! We saw animals that we had never seen before! We had the opportunity to hold prickly African hedgehogs, slippery, scaly corn snakes, a giant slimy snail and a tickly millipede- it had 208 legs! We did lots of writing about the experience and the animals we met.
During Autumn 1, in Year 1 our topic is ‘All About Me’. In English we will be writing about ourselves. We will be thinking about what we want to write; using our ideas to put words into sentences. We will be focusing on using finger spaces, full stops and capital letters.
We will be doing lots of reading in Year 1 so it is important that we read every day at home and practise our phonics and High Frequency Words- these will be sent as weekly homework.
In class we will be reading every day, following the Daily Supported Reading (DSR) programme. On Friday we drop everything and read (DEAR) and we can’t wait to invite our parents in to share our favourite stories.
Learning about ourselves will help us to create some art projects too, such as painting a self-portrait and making a collage of ourselves from different materials and shapes. In geography we explore our local area and its features using maps and aerial photographs to help us.
We will also be exploring the topic ‘All About Me’ further in science. We will be identifying and labelling parts of a body and learn about our senses through fun experiments such as taste tests and listening activities.
In maths we will be practising our counting forwards and backwards and learning more about place value focussing on addition up to 20. We will be exploring maths with the use of lots of different resources that can help us like numicon, cubes, counters and number lines. Again, practising maths skills at home will help with the work done in school. If you are in need of any ideas or guidance the teachers will be happy to help.
Please check our website for regular updates. If you have any questions about the learning taking place this half term, please speak to your child’s class teacher.
Year 1 really enjoyed their history trip to Bruce Castle Museum to look at toys. We looked at different toys from the past and present and sorted them into New, Old and Very Old. We learnt the name of lots of old toys that we had never heard of before. We also looked at and discussed the different materials that the toys were made from. We thought about how toys have changed over time and how they are different to some of the toys that we play with today.
Here are some the toys that we looked at and played with.